Director of Design (Remote)

DockYard, Inc.
We are looking for a director-level candidate with strong skills across UI/UX design, design systems, client services, and team management.

Who We Are

DockYard is a remote software consultancy based in Boston that specializes in web applications. We have in-house engineers, designers, developers, and project managers, and we are looking for a Design Director to join our growing team. Youโ€™ll work alongside talented individuals on groundbreaking projects for some of the worldโ€™s largest companies.

What We Do

We help ambitious companies transform new ideas into fully deployed web applications. Our clients range from seed-funded and early-stage startups, who depend on us to define and deliver business-critical workflows, to established enterprise companies seeking fresh perspective and deep expertise on new projects.

We provide a range of design services, including: product discovery, design strategy, wireframing, user journey mapping, iterative prototyping, user research, user testing, and visual design. We take a user-centric approach to solving design challenges and are focused on continuously improving the user experience.


Department Head:
  • Serve as the professional face of DockYard's Design department - including pursuit of conference speaking opportunities and blog post writing
  • Provide long-term vision and leadership for department in product design and client services
  • Develop and manage design practice and budget
  • Keep up to date with all of the changing trends and think about the future of product development and design
  • Partner collaboratively with leadership disciplines to deliver superior products to our clients
  • Coordinate with Business Development and other relevant partners to accurately quote potential projects
  • Able to travel up to 30%

Team Management:
  • Manage a growing distributed team of awesome designers
  • Establish S.M.A.R.T. goals for individual designers and provide mentorship, coaching, and development opportunities
  • Maintain a culture of quality work & continuous improvement via design reviews, best practices, and self-education
  • Partner with Employee Experience to recruit top design talent to join our growing organization
  • Identify and drive planning of team events including training opportunities, retreats, and other events to foster development and team cohesiveness

Client Services:
  • Oversee UI/UX design quality across all client projects
  • Support business development and marketing efforts throughout the sales, project estimation, and proposal/presentation development stages
  • Work directly with the management team to execute internal design projects

UI/UX Design:
  • Advising on product discovery phases: establishing stakeholders, identifying business goals, conducting user research, aligning iterative design with business objectives, leading user testing
  • Design reviews for best practice UI/UX design across all client projects (excluding HTML & CSS implementation; we have a dedicated team for that)

Must Haves

  • 5+ years management experience, ideally in a distributed work environment
  • 7+ years working in an agency environment and/or in digital product development
  • Experience building a product design practice and leading strategy
  • Experience in Design Thinking methodologies
  • Previous Design Director experience
  • Familiarity with Sketch, InVision, Abstract, Figma, and other design-relevant software required.
  • Proficiency in multiple digital Product Design methodologies
  • Portfolio demonstrating relevant work
  • High initiative and ability to work independently.
  • Strong team player.

Nice to Haves

  • Associateโ€™s or Bachelorโ€™s degree or equivalent
  • Experience managing a remote team.
  • Experience leading design systems

This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship. ย 

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